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Northwest Guilford High School

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Posted April 4, 2014

Northwest is the perfect High School for your child. The teachers are very experienced and first class. The students are very welcoming to new comers. The school scores top place at every academic or sports competition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

My daughter has excelled in this school district and now has her choice of colleges around the country. If you are willing to work hard and take the tougher AP classes, the resources such as great teachers and great peers are there. The school is award winning in academic standards testing and the administration is very supportive. Sports and the band are also very high achieving and active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

Does a great job with a wide range of students. Parental suppor is solid, but there are still a few sitting on the sidelines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Excellent Teachers and Administrative Staff. Great Drivers Education Program. Student Empowerment being achieved, through a Culturally enriched learning environment, that promotes friendship, team-manship and school spirit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

An Excellent School, with a culturally diversed environment, that promotes High Achievement in Learning and performance. Through the committed efforts, of our Great Adminstrative Staff and Teachers, our Children are well prepared for their Future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The absolute best band program in Guilford County! Award winning and dedicated students and staff make this a success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Northwest has a really great marching band program. It continues to grow every year, thanks to it's director Brian McMath.


Posted February 12, 2009

I am a student who has just moved to Northwest High School. I have found, in my couple months of being here that Northwest has a very challenging environment, which is a good thing, but sometimes whether their goal is getting awards or achieving a high level of student satisfaction and education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2009

I love Northwest High School!!!!!!!!!! there is nothing i would change about northwest high school. it is the greatest school of all time....i would recommend everyone in the world to send your children here!!!!! Go Vikings!!!!!! love a devoted student KACM
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2008

I am a recent graduate of Northwest High School and was an athlete in three sports. I found that the coaches checked on the grades of their athletes and academics to be made a priority. The teachers were willing to work with students, but they also expected students to grow through their high school years to develop good work ethics; so that student's would be better prepared for success in college and the work place. I feel like the challenging classes and teacher expectations have made me a better student and well prepared for college. I hope that this does not change for future students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

Our family settled here in Greensboro after 20 years of moving due to my husband's Naval Career. We have had our children in many public schools across the country. We are extremely happy with the high level of education our children have received at this school. It is a high performing school, where the parents, staff, and community all work together to give the students a great education which is not limited to just academics. There is a wide verity of clubs and activities available to the students. Although it is not a perfect school, the students, parents and the staff are constantly looking for ways to improve the school environment, enhance the academic offerings and make each child feel valued and important
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2007

Most of these students are right on track for college and parent involvement and discipline are respected
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

Northwest High School has been a huge disappointment to my family. It is supposed to be a 'School of Excellence', however the only thing the teachers are concerned with seemes to be making the award and their bonuses. They have no patience with the students and the discipline is a joke. I personally attended NWHS many years ago and it was a great school. Too many students currently enrolled, and I believe they have a zero tolerance. They don't seem to be concerned about the entire well-being of the children... only the academic portion. Also, the sports are a joke. Only if you are top notch and have played on a school team before, or if your parent is constantly involved, will you ever make a team. Good luck if you choose to send your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

Those who want more diversity at Northwest should lobby the school board for open enrollment county-wide where students could choose the school they wish to attend. However, preference would have to be given to those living in the NW schoool district based on the attendence zones. Surely people don't want to introduce busing to achieve this diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2005

I'm not a parent, but a student at NWGHS. Personally, I don't believe that the diversity issue at Northwest is the reason for any problems at the school. The problem I see is that there is no stable authority at the top of the school. We've had three principals during my four years at NW. I think as soon as a leader is stable at the top, NW will rise to the top of Guilford County. The teachers are great, some are even up for national awards, and many are getting through the national boards. The coaches at NW stress academics. I have lettered in two sports while in high school and both coaches kept a close eye on the teams grades. They are also very supportive of players new to the sports they coach, and are always willing to help players at practice. Parents are the blood of the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2005

I find that Northwest High School does not have enough diversity. The people are of emmense unacceptance and closed mindedness to those of other races and mindsets. The fact that out of 1,909 students enrolled only 133 of them are African American shows that students that students are not exposed to the diversity of most real life situations. Also a lot of parents send their children to Northwest because they are scared of diversity. I would suggest going to a more diverse than Northwest High such as Grimsley which ranks higher than Nortwest academically and any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2005

I am not a parent but a student of Northwest High School. I have attended Northwest since the middle of the 2004-2005 school year. I have participated in sports and the sports are great, but the school itself has the dirtiest bathrooms i have ever seen. Lunch is ok sometimes but we don't have enough things to choose from in the vegetable or fruit groups. The counselors are fine, and the principal is great, but the teachers and the school itself just don't help at all. I think they could care more, and their could be more different cultures at the school, they don't have enough backgrounds at Northwest for anyone to be exposed to anything new.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

I am not a parent of a student but attended Northwest for highschool, and have a younger sibling there now. I greatly enjoyed my education there, and take pride in being a graduate. Without many of the teachers there I would not be in college now. The only thing that I ever disliked about attending school there was the lack of diversity. But I grew up in the same school system and everyone made an effort to get to know everyone, and that is something I think more students could benefit from. I am now in one of the top schools in the nation, without Northwest I doubt that I would be in any school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

This is a great high school! The kids come from backgrounds where the parents are involved & the administration takes the time to know the kids. I have had one to graduate & one that is presently a junior. The standards from the teachers are extremely high so it is not for students which are not willing to put a lot of effort into their work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2003

I sent my child to Northwest Middle school and I didn't like it one bit. The teachers had no discipline, and they just were there to teach. They didn't care about a lot of the students. So I pulled my child out of there and put her into Greensboro Academy. I think that was the best move for my child. The teachers give you one on one support, they spent a bunch of time with you, its a smaller school, and it focuses or morals as well as academics. My daughter was suppose to go to Northwest High School but I really was hesitant about sending her. She wanted to go back to see all her friends but instead of putting her back into that environment, I enrolled her to Western Guilford High School. The teachers over there are nice, and the administration. My daughter likes it so far. I think I made the best choice for my daughter and she thinks the same as well.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

447 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Reading

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

820 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

517 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
95%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

575 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>95%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

502 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>95%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

124 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

448 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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>95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students23%
Female27%
Male19%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students27%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students81%
Female78%
Male85%
Black74%
Asian85%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial81%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Academically gifted94%

English II

All Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
Black63%
Asian90%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial60%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students80%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Academically gifted93%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 52%
Black 8% 26%
Asian 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 14%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Ralph Kitley
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (336) 605-3314

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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  • Volunteer time after school
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5240 Northwest School Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
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Phone: (336) 605-3300

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